The new year is upon us. Â 2011 will mark the debut of Parenthesis with our inaugural production of…
The Ladyâ€™s Not for Burning
by Christopher Fry
May 21 – June 11, 2011
@ Walkerspace in Tribeca
pending AEA showcase code approval
I am so excited about this play. Â It is probably the best play youâ€™ve hardly ever heard of. Â Itâ€™s a lovely, lovely, GORGEOUS play. Hillarious and timely and political, and also overflowing with soul-stirring, life-affirming beauty.
Set in an anachronistic fifteenth century — no no no, stay with me, itâ€™s good, seriously! — itâ€™s about a soldier who comes to a town and asks to be hanged.Â Â The mayor and townspeople are toothlessly small-minded folk, unwilling to disturb the precarious order of their lives to handle such an unfathomable request. Â A woman soon arrives to seek asylum from a gathering mob that has named her for a witch. Â The solider, the witch, and two others form a quartet of strangers to this seemingly innocuous town, who soon discover they must either escape with their lives, or die.
There is so much I want to write about this show. Â More about the play, which pulls off the remarkable feat of choosing optimism without denying cynicism. Â More about the playwright Christopher Fry, who in the 1950â€™s was the hottest thing since sliced bread until John Osborne came to town with his kitchen sink. Â More about Parenthesis. Â About the nuts and bolts of producing on a showcase code budget in New York City. Â About striving to attach oneâ€™s personal goals to something greater than oneself â€“ both to create sustainability and meaningful service, and to avoid drowning in oneâ€™s own reflection. Â About fear. Â And empowerment. Â And growing up. Â And on and on.
So thatâ€™s what I â€“ and hopefully you â€“ have to look forward to for the next six months on the Parenthesis Blog. Â Hope you have a happy new year.
(Adapted from an initial post in A Year of Plays)